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Jersey Mike's Subs Opens In Madison »

May 06, 2015 at 12:39PM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, AL - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Madison on April 22. Franchise owner Bradley Chappell held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, April 22 to Sunday, March 26 to support Kids to Love.
The new restaurant, located at 8000 Madison Blvd., circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Kids to Love.
“I am looking forward to opening a Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Madison community, said Chappell.” “As part of my grand opening I will be raising funds for Kids to Love which is a great organization that is always doing all they can to help foster children...

Pizza Patron's $3.99 Lunch Deal Sizzles »

May 06, 2015 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: Pizza Patron

DALLAS, TX - (Marketwired - May 6, 2015) - For less than the price of a fast-food burger or sub sandwich, customers can get a large pepperoni pizza from Pizza Patrón every week day during lunch. Beginning Monday, May 4th, the chain will roll out $3.99 large pepperoni lunch pizzas for a limited time.
The sizzling hot lunch promotion runs May 4 through August. The special features a large pepperoni pizza for only $3.99 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Monday through Friday at all participating locations during the promotional period.
"We already know this promotion will be very popular with our customers based on the results of our market testing," said Andrew Gamm, executive vice president for Pizza Patrón. "One thing we didn't anticipate was the large increase in school and business orders during lunch...

Tide Dry Cleaners Opens Second Las Vegas Location »

May 06, 2015 at 11:55AM PDT | Source: Tide Dry Cleaning

Franchise Extends The Tide Dry Cleaners Promise To Change Dry Cleaning For Good
LAS VEGAS - May 06, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Tide Dry Cleaners, of Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, announces the opening of a convenient new location at 10010 W. Sahara Ave.
“We are excited to bring Tide Dry Cleaners quality, service and care to a second location in Las Vegas,” said Rickie David, General Manager. “Customers will find that we go above and beyond what other dry cleaners offer in unique services and best-in-class customer service. We’re excited to continue leading the way in Changing Dry Cleaning for Good.”
The new store on Sahara Avenue will host a public grand opening event on Saturday, May 16...

Taco Pizza Is Back At PizzaRev »

May 06, 2015 at 11:50AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – PizzaRev announced today that the Taco Pizza is back by popular demand. The award winning fast-casual pizza concept will feature the seasonal special throughout May and June at its 27 restaurants across CA, MN, TX, UT and SD.
The Taco Pizza features PizzaRev’s original homemade dough, organic red sauce, all natural Italian cheese, chorizo, shredded greens, cilantro, tomatoes, sour cream and Cholula sauce. Guests can further customize their Taco Pizza with additional toppings, like jalapenos, onions or any of the spices and hot sauces from the “Rev it Up” counter.
PizzaRev’s seasonal pizzas feature new flavors and ingredients that aren’t typically found among the restaurant’s 30+ pizza toppings...

Huddle House Expansion Heats Up With New Restaurants Set For Virginia, Florida And Texas »

May 06, 2015 at 11:46AM PDT | Source: Huddle House
Huddle House Opportunities Available

May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Huddle House turned up the heat on its expansion efforts in April with the signing of franchise agreements that will add five new restaurants in Virginia, Florida and Texas.
The restaurants will be in Suffolk, Va., Ocala, Fla., and three in Texas — Bonham, Paris and Sulphur Springs. Suffolk and Ocala are scheduled to open before the end of the year along with at least one, and possibly two, of the new Texas locations.
Huddle House now has more than 400 restaurants open or under development nationwide, and the signings are the latest in an aggressive expansion campaign designed to add more than 100 new restaurants over the next three years. The growth will be accomplished primarily through franchising by both single-unit and multi-unit investors in a range of market sizes, including urban areas, small towns, travel centers and convenience sites...

Pie Five Pizza Co. Shakes, Rattles And Rolls With First Mississippi Location »

May 06, 2015 at 11:39AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Leading Fast Casual Pizza Chain Hits the Jackpot at Hard Rock in Biloxi
BILOXI, Miss. - May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - On Friday, May 8, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi will hit the jackpot when Pie Five Pizza Co. officially opens and starts serving fresh, fast personal pizzas, created and cooked with the freshest ingredients in under five minutes. This will be the nation's leading fast casual pizza company's first Mississippi location.
"We are thrilled to bring fast casual pizza to the Gulf Coast and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," said Randy Gier, president and CEO of Rave Restaurant Group, parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. "We can't wait to show guests that artisanal, quality pizza can be served fast – 145 seconds to be exact...

IceBorn Receives Honorable Mention From Entrepreneur Magazine »

May 06, 2015 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: IceBorn
IceBorn Opportunities Available

May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice and water vending technology, is proud to announce that its franchise brand, IceBorn, was chosen as an Honorable Mention in Entrepreneur Magazine’s November 2014 issue for waiving their franchise fee for veterans. The magazine’s November issue focused on Franchise Incentive Programs for Veterans, which is one of the hottest topics in franchising today.
Under the IceBorn brand, franchisees have access to three (3) bulk ice vending machine models – all are freestanding, 24/7, automated retail ice and water destinations offering bagged or straight-to-cooler ice that is filtered, clean and made on demand. Depending on the IceBorn model, the initial investment ranges from $18,995 to $130,000 plus fees for site preparation, shipping and installation...

The Wendy's Company Reports First-Quarter 2015 Results »

May 06, 2015 at 10:08AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

North America Systemwide same-restaurant sales increase 3.2%
N.A. same-restaurant sales increase 2.6% at Company-operated restaurants and 3.4% at franchise restaurants; Company-operated restaurant margin increases 160 bps to 14.7%
Company announces intent to sell bakery operations in second quarter of 2015
Previously announced sale of Company-operated restaurants on schedule
Company expects to complete previously announced debt refinancing June 1
Announces intent to return net proceeds to shareholders via share repurchase program
Company to provide updated guidance on June 3 to reflect debt refinancing, anticipated share repurchase program and planned sale of bakery operations
DUBLIN, Ohio - May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 29, 2015...

Tim Hortons Predicts Summer’s Biggest Blockbuster: New Creamy Chocolate Chill »

May 06, 2015 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: Tim Hortons

The first of its kind from the creator of the iconic Iced Capp, Creamy Chocolate Chill is the chocolateyist, creamiest frozen treat you’ll have to have this summer.
May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // OAKVILLE, ON – From music charts to movie theatres, summer is all about the hits. When it comes to the drink of summer 2015, Tim Hortons has it covered with its newest menu innovation, Creamy Chocolate Chill – a decadent frozen drink hand blended with real cream and layer upon layer of chocolaty goodness that’s the first of its kind from Tim Hortons. It’s so delicious, it’ll have you from the very first sip.
“Tim Hortons elevated the Canadian cold specialty coffee category to new heights in 1999 with our iconic Iced Capp, and we think Creamy Chocolate Chill is really going to shake up the frozen treat market in much the same way,” says David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada...

Express Releases Mother's Day Poll Of Working Moms »

May 06, 2015 at 9:26AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Poll Asks, "Would You Work If You Didn't Have To?" - 72% Say "Yes," Compared to 80% of Fathers
TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - May 6, 2015) - Express Employment Professionals today released the results of a special Mother's Day survey of working moms in the United States and Canada.
Express polled working mothers, asking them "Would you work if you didn't have to?"
Of those surveyed, 72 per cent said yes, they would work if they didn't have to, while 28 per cent said they would not.
Express also polled working fathers, asking them the same question. Among fathers, 80 per cent said yes, they would work if they didn't have to, and 20 per cent said they would not.
"It's fascinating to see the number of parents who would work outside the home for the love of the profession-and not just because they have to," said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board for Express...

The Dwyer Group Promotes “Light Haiti” Campaign »

May 06, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

To Deliver Up to 1,000 Solar Lights to Haitian Village
May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group, one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has partnered with New Vision Renewable Energy and Mission Waco Mission World to supply up to 1,000 solar-powered lights to the remote community of Ferrier Nord Est, located in an impoverished section of Haiti.
Through the Light Haiti campaign, The Dwyer Group plans to raise $100,000 for the lights, which will be delivered on a mission trip planned in November.
Very few people in this Haitian community, if any, have access to ongoing electricity. For many local families who are participating in this program, this will give them solar lights that will provide four hours of light a night...

Wahlburgers Franchise Expansion On Track With 20-Store Deal In The Middle East And Airport Agreements »

May 06, 2015 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Wahlburgers

BOSTON - May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Wahlburgers, the casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg and subject of the popular A&E TV reality series, has secured a 20-store franchise deal with Arjomand Group of the Middle East and an agreement with SSP America, a division of SSP Group, to operate at Boston's Logan and Toronto's Pearson airports. Also, Wahlburgers has extended its contract with New York-based Big Apple Burgers to include six units on Long Island, in addition to five in Manhattan and one on Coney Island.
Since its 2011 debut in Hingham, MA, franchise growth for Wahlburgers has been on track with two stores now open and 66 more under development to open over the next several years. Six to eight stores are slated to open in 2015 as follows: In Q2, Wahlburgers will open in Lynnfield, MA, and Coney Island...

Papa John's Names The Cleveland Browns As Sports Partner Of The Year »

May 06, 2015 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Team recognized as part of inaugural award for success in synergizing sports/brand marketing.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - May 6, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sports partnerships play a critical role in the success of Papa John's marketing mix worldwide, with more than 150 partners in the U.S. alone. This year, to acknowledge top performers in this marketing strategy, Papa John's recently created an all-new Sports Partner of the Year award and recognized the Cleveland Browns as the first-ever recipient.
The winner was chosen based on a number of criteria, including how its partnership with Papa John's tapped into the passion of fans and connected them to the Papa John's brand in a way that was truly breakthrough.
The Browns were able to uniquely excel in leveraging fans' passion for the team and connect the Papa John's brand to the things fans love about football...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Oviedo Location »

May 06, 2015 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Oviedo, FL - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Oviedo on April 29. Franchise owners Sean Gillespie and Adam Babroski held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, April 29 to Sunday, May 3 to support Stenstrom Elementary School and Partin Elementary School.
The new restaurant, located at 1797 E. Broadway St., circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Stenstrom Elementary School and Partin Elementary School.
“Adam and I are really looking forward to opening our latest restaurant in Oviedo,” said Gillespie...

Hilton Worldwide Signs Deal To Develop Embassy Suites By Hilton Hotel In St. Kitts »

May 06, 2015 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

Agreement Marks Hilton’s First Hotel on the Island
May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - During the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami last week, Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Caribbean-based Sterling Developments to build an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel on the island of St. Kitts & Nevis, making it the first Hilton property in the territory. The 226-suite hotel is currently under construction and plans to open its doors in Q1 2017.
“The signing of Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Kitts furthers Hilton Worldwide’s goal to serve any guest for any trip occasion anywhere in the world, and underscores the confidence we place in the Caribbean as a top tourism destination,” said Ted Middleton, senior vice president, development, Latin America, Hilton Worldwide...

Buzztime And Arooga’s Expand Long-time Partnership To Include Self-Service Dining »

May 06, 2015 at 8:18AM PDT | Source: Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

Via BEOND Tablets in 10 Central Pennsylvania Locations
Rising Restaurant Industry Franchise Star Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar Expands Buzztime Relationship with Front and Back-of-the-House Services to Entertain Customers, Drive Loyalty and Improve Efficiency
May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // Carlsbad, CA and Harrisburg, PA – Restaurant and bar entertainment leader NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NTN) and rising restaurant franchise star Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar will expand their relationship to implement self-service dining functionality via Buzztime BEOND™ tablets in all ten of Arooga’s Central Pennsylvania locations. Now Arooga’s will benefit from operational efficiencies and deliver a wide range of dining services in addition to offering Buzztime entertainment to attract, delight, and engage customers...

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For 9 New Restaurants In Albuquerque, New Mexico With Existing Franchise Group, NMR, LLC »

May 06, 2015 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

May 06, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, NMR, LLC, to develop five Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and four multi-brand restaurants with its sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in Summer 2016.
Led by Amin Habib, Murad Fazal and Menjinder Bhambra, this group has more than 30 years of experience with Dunkin’ Brands and in the gas and convenience industry. Existing franchisee, Amin Habib, currently owns four Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Chicago, Illinois, two of which are multi-brand restaurants with sister brand, Baskin-Robbins...

Weight Watchers Announces First Quarter 2015 Results »

May 06, 2015 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and maintained its full year fiscal 2015 earnings guidance.

Q1 2015 revenues were $322.1 million, down 21.3% (16.0% on a constant currency basis) versus the prior year period, with total paid weeks down 18.9%.
Q1 2015 earnings per fully diluted share (EPS) was a loss of $0.10; excluding the $0.06 per fully diluted share impact of restructuring charges and the $0.05 per fully diluted share benefit from the early extinguishment of debt, Q1 2015 adjusted EPS was a loss of $0.09.
The Company maintained full year fiscal 2015 earnings guidance of between $0...

Local Friendswood Walmart Offers Fast Mobile Device Repair Services From Cellairis »

May 06, 2015 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: Cellairis Mobile Repairs

Customers shopping in the Walmart at 150 W El Dorado Boulevard in Friendswood TX, 77546 now have convenient access to on-site mobile device and computer repairs services from Cellairis. The recent in-store establishment of Cellairis offers a fast turnaround on repair services for the latest iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy models, as well as PC and Mac computers.
Friendswood, TX (PRWEB) May 06, 2015 - Cellairis is a worldwide franchise designed to meet the growing consumer demand for convenient and affordable mobile device repairs and computer repairs. The certified technicians at Cellairis can perform repairs such as cracked screen replacement, water damage repair and battery replacement with the fast turnaround customers are looking for...

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Opens Area Development In Louisville, Kentucky »

May 06, 2015 at 7:42AM PDT | Source: Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride congratulates David Burks on being the new Area Developer for Louisville offering commercial cleaning and janitorial services for all types and sizes of businesses throughout the entire Louisville KY region.
Louisville. KY (PRWEB) May 06, 2015 - Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services, one of the most advanced cleaning franchise systems in the U.S. is pleased to announce the addition of David Burks as the Area Developer based in Louisville, KY and supporting Louisville and surrounding counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services will announce the opening of their new regional office at 10821 Plantside Drive, Suite 102 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 11:30 am...



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